Some Thoughts on the 22 Percent iSeries Sales Decline in Q1
April 24, 2006 Timothy Prickett Morgan
As I reported elsewhere in this issue, IBM announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2006 last week, and in those results, Big Blue said that the System i, formerly iSeries, server business was off 22 percent.
This, obviously, is not great news, but IBM, like other server vendors, blamed this decline, as well as the 18 percent decline in the fourth quarter of 2005, on product transitions. In the fourth quarter, IBM explained, customers were expecting revamped machines in the first quarter of 2006, and at the end of January they came out. The expectation slowed sales